Oncidium altissimum

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Oncidium altissimum (not my photo)

Common Name: The Extremely High Oncidium
Scented: no
Light Requirements: partial sun
Temperature Requirements: hot
Blooms: spring
Flower Size: 2.5cm
Synonyms: Cymbidium altissimum Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum altissimum Jacq. 1760; Epidendrum crispum Lam. 1783; Oncidium forkelii Scheidw. 1842; Xeilyathum altissimum (Jacq.) Raf. 1837

Found in the Lesser Antilles Islands of Martinique, Trinidad and St. Vincent at altitudes of sea-level to 200m as a medium sized, pseudobulbed, hot growing epiphyte with clustered to ovoid to suborbicular, laterally compressed, rugose with age pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several imbricating leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, oblong-ligulate, acute, conduplicate below into the petiole-like base leaves , it is an easy plant to grow either potted or mounted with bright light and regular waterings and blooms in the spring on a basal, arcuate, branched, 180cm long inflorescence that has many, glossy flowers. This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may benefit from their presence.

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